John Lewis delivered a rise in sales in the final week of its financial year buoyed by clearance offers across its electrical and home categories.
The department store retailer’s sales rose 4.7% in the week to January 27, despite its fashion sales dipping 0.4%.
This dip came despite womenswear sales continuing to sell well, up 9.9% during the period.
John Lewis compensated for its flagging fashion fortunes with strong sales performances across it electricals and home technology division, which was up 11.9%.
This boost was primarily driven by sales of large electrical items, TVs and smartphones. Sales of large electrical items were up 12% while sales of communications technology items increased 11.7%.
Clearance offers also buoyed up John Lewis’ home sales, which rose 2.9% overall. Furniture and flooring sales increased 7.3% during the period.
Stablemate Waitrose’s sales edged up 0.7% driven by food items associated with Burns Night, which were up 18%.
Sales of haggis jumped 35% while the vegan equivalent of the Scottish staple increased 36%, and a gluten-free variety soared 151%.
The upmarket grocer’s half-price sales also saw shoppers stock up on spring cleaning, with sales of household cleaning products up 17%.
Waitrose also opened a branch in Banbury during the period, creating 120 jobs.